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JAMA Revisited
March 12, 2014

The Hospital versus the Home in the Care of the Sick; An Evolution

JAMA. 2014;311(10):1073. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.279383

That the home can no longer compete with the hospital in the care of the sick is evident from the increasing demand throughout the country for hospitals of every type. In 1900 there were approximately 5,000 public and private hospitals in the United States. In 1910 the number of these institutions had increased to about 7,000. Therefore, while the fear of entering the hospital for any serious purpose is still real, these figures show that the prejudice against hospitals is diminishing rapidly. It may be interesting to compare the status of the hospital and the home in the preantiseptic period and to-day....

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